Keeping an imported image visible along 3d shapes without problems

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#1

Hi all… I have imported an image, a scan of the side an object that I want to replicate. Of course, being an plain 2D object, it disappears when I see it from its side in parallel projection as it doesn’t have volume.

left view in parallel projection:

Front view. The pic is located where the guide at the bottom ends:

It also disappears when I move it so that it coincides with one of the sides of a parallelogram… Is there any way I can give volume to it so that I prevented these (and other) problems?


#2

Explode it and make it a component with Always Face Camera selected. make sure when you create the component you are looking straight at the image.


#3

Many thanks @DaveR for your super-fast response. I’ve tried making it a component (it turns green and the pic disappears):

And then when I click on creat it collapses into a line:

What do you mean by “looking straight”? Maybe the problem lies in not doing so…

EDIT: thought you could mean that the pic is facing the screen. Then it didn’t disappear but still just a green rectangle…

EDIT2 It seems what made it collapse into a line was that “Replace selection with component” was checked.


#4

Oh got it!
(I tried to give feedback fast but I could have think about this a little bit more)

The green color was due to the “displaying by color of layer” instead of by material… Now I can just pull/push the pic and it gets volume… Many thanks!!!


#5

PS I didn’t notice that clicking on “Always face camera” made any difference in behaviour, so I unclicked it as I did want it to rotate the same other figures rotate. Actually clicking it didn’t make it always facing the same point, indeed I didn’t notice any change of behaviour. I’d just like to rest assured I didn’t do something that could create problems later… Does it?


#6

Mmm, it wasn’t only the layers that made the pic to be replaced by a color. Actually, once the pic is exploded, it won’t ever show up unless Face Style / Shaded with Textures is selected…
Isn’t there a way to keep the pic with some volume and still being able to see the picture in the rest of Face Style modes?

[PS am I supposed to create a new question for this?]


#7

How about uploading the SKP file so we can have a look?


#8

That’t be great. I have simplified the file removing almost everything but what we were talking about so that you can focus on the problem (which remains the same)… 13.ss.skp (2.5 MB)


#9

Does this work for you?
13.ss.skp (1015.8 KB)


#10

Mmm, the one you have created can’t be seen either as a pic when in any face style mode other than “… with textures”. So I can’t see the pic in wireframe, hidden line, or shaded Face Style mode. If I don’t explode the imported pics, I can always see the pic content regardless of the mode…

Maybe is not possible to handle the pics properly for what I want…

Indeed I created the volume thinking this way I could have the drawn diagrams and the pic working on the same plane, but it doesn’t work either: if I put them in the same plane, the drawing would start doing some weird things as here:

In wireframe Face Style mode this is not a problem, as is the colored area, not the borders, that create the problem. But then the pic content disappears…

And if I use the original pic as such, without the volume and all the modifications, then the ones that disappear are some borders… See the xRay here:

and what it shows up in shaded Face Style mode (two borders disappear):

Let me know again if you prefer a file or anything…


#11

Set the camera to Perspective. Does that help?

What is it you actually want with this image? How are you trying to use it in the model?


#12

Oh, the problem behind what I displayed in the last two pics was really a problem of the two disappeared lines not being in the same plane… ! I guess then I might have alignment problems elsewhere…


#13

I had been working with perspective and didn’t detect anything, but I just orbited around now and the problem was very evident.
I need to use the image basically to compare what is been done before with new slightly modified models I’m designing in Sketchup…


#14

@DaveR, But let me review it all again… I might have found something, thanks largely to your help, but I don’t want to make you lose more time if there’s a chance I could solve it… I’ll report back in a few minutes… Thanks!


#15

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